DELHI DAREDEVILS BT RAJASTHAN ROYALS

March 16th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »
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Virendra Sehwag

Virendra Sehwag

Delhi Daredevils beat Rajasthan Royals by six wickets at Ahmedabad on Monday. Virendra Sehwag, who also fetched the Man of the match award, ensured victory for Delhi by his blistering knock of 75 runs off 34 balls. His effort was coupled with a disciplined all-round bowling attack from Delhi Daredevils which added the required impetus to their victory.

Delhi Daredevils restricted the Rajasthan Royals to 141 for 6, which was not a fighting total considering the fact the Sehwag  gave Delhi the launch  they needed. Rajasthan’s attacking start was dented by a good spell by Dirk Nannes and of Amit Mishra, which did not give them any way out to score against the formidable and disciplined Delhi attack. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala brought up his maiden IPL fifty on the last ball of the 20th over which he hit for a four. 

Nannes continued to trouble the batsmen with his ability go generate bounce, even from bowling on a good length. He got rid of Asnodkar with his second delivery, which was sliced towards Tillakaratne Dilshan who took a good low catch, and followed up with two bouncers to Naman Ojha, one of them hitting him.

Naman Ojha slammed Maharoof over mid-on and edged him over the slips for a boundry. He then cut and swept Mishra for two boundries and a six. But then Mishra bowled him googly which was  misread by him and rattled his furniture.

Yusuf Pathan, playing in his home state mistimed a pull off Maharoof after failing to pick the slower one. His exit was followed by the departure of Smith and that was trouble written on the wall for Rajasthan at 54 for 4.

Paras Dogra and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala saw off a quiet phase during a nagging couple of overs from Pradeep Sangwan and Sarabjit Ladda.

Delhi tried to stem the control of runs and with efficient fielding and  with the two run-outs of Dogra and Dimitri Mascarenhas sealed the fate of Rajasthan Royals. But Jhunjhunwala who struck two boundaries in the final over, reaching his half-century to take Rajasthan to a fairly respectable total.

 Gautam Gambhir got out cheaply and could score only 9 runs when he was caught by Smith off Dimitri Mascarenhas. AB de Villiers (15) and Dinesh Karthik (24)were the other two batsmen who contributed to Delhi’s total of 142 for 4 in 17.1 overs. For the Rajasthan Royals Dimitri Mascarenhas bowled extremely well and took 3 wickets for 31 runs.
 
The conditions in Ahmedabad were hardly favourable with the dust from the parking lots surrounding the stadium and the surge of moths, flying across the ground, proved irritant and created a lots of difficulty for the batsman.

Virendra Sehwag was declared the Man of the Match for his knock of 75 runs off 34 balls.

Ravi Matah

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